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Baruch College's Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute Presents:

"Change Leadership: Accelerating Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment"

New York, NY - November 14, 2013 - The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College will host a collaborative conference on November 22 focused on change leadership and energy efficiency improvements. Renowned thought leaders from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors will explore issues and offer new thoughts covering integrated retrofits, sustainability reporting, evolving financing mechanisms and performance assurance methods that have spawned a revolution in the world’s built environment.

Keynote speakers and experts will also discuss the challenges in the overall built environment comprising retail, educational, government, multi-family, office and other facilities. Undergirding these revolutionary challenges are the fundamental problems associated with changing human behavior in work organizations. A normative model for implementing planned change will also be provided.

Renowned experts include: Kristin Barbato, Deputy Commissioner & Chief Energy Management Officer, NYC Citywide Administrative Services; George J. Braun, Vice President, Spruce Juice City, a Cauldwell Wingate Company; Michael T. Colgrove, Director of NYC Office, New York State Energy and Research Development Authority; Patrick M. Crittenden, International Visiting Scholar, The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, CUNY; Dale Desmarais, Sales & Marketing Manager, AEGIS Energy Services, Inc.; John J. Gilbert III, Chief Operating Officer, Rudin Management; Richard E. Kopelman, Professor of Management, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY; Thomas Kovendi, Former Director of Portfolio Operations for the Toronto Office Portfolio, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation; Judith Kunoff, Chief Architect, MTA NYC Transit; Oliver Schaper, Senior Sustainability Strategist, Gensler, and Su-fern Tan, Senior Project Manager, Arup. Other speakers may be announced closer to the conference date.


The Greener, Greater Buildings Plan aims to accelerate energy efficiency improvement in the largest buildings in New York City (NYC). This suite of local laws requires the owners of large buildings to undertake annual benchmarking of energy and water consumption, apply the NYC Energy Conservation Code when upgrading buildings, conduct energy audits and retro-commissioning, implement lighting upgrades and install tenant sub-meters. These measures are to be implemented over time. Annual benchmarking commenced in 2011 and the first energy audit and retro-commissioning reports are to be submitted before the end of 2013. These laws should have by now encouraged real estate owners and tenants to review their approach to energy efficiency in order to maximize the business and reputational benefits that can be achieved. However, considering a change leadership approach may allow owners and tenants to recognize even more progress.

Change leadership involves creating vision and strategy, whereas change management includes planning and budgeting. Change leadership involves communicating and setting direction whereas change management includes organizing and staffing. Change leadership involves motivating action and aligning people, whereas change management includes controlling and problem solving. And change leadership involves creating systems to support growth, evolution, opportunities and hazard avoidance, whereas change management focuses on the running of existing systems.

“The importance of change leadership in the effort to accelerate the process of improving energy efficiency cannot be overstated,” says Jack S. Nyman, Executive Director of The Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College. “For example, via Change Leadership, personnel at numerous levels are actively involved in the work at hand and thus can feel a sense of ownership in the progress made.”

WHAT:  Change Leadership - Accelerating Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment

WHEN:  8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Friday, November 22

WHERE: Baruch College, The William & Anita Newman Conference Center, Room 750, 151 East 25th Street

To register for the Change Leadership conference, please visit is limited.


About Steven L Newman Real Estate Institute:

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute offers a wide range of educational and research opportunities to broadly address the needs of the real estate industry. Through professional education courses and workshops, the Institute trains current practitioners, as well as the next generation of real estate professionals, helping them succeed in, and contribute to, a dynamic and quickly evolving marketplace. As Executive Director of The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Jack S. Nyman leads strategic planning and partnering; guides education programs, research, publishing, and public events; and manages operations. Under his direction, the Institute leads the conversation on a wide range of issues, hosting timely and topical public events at which industry experts share their knowledge and advance thinking in a number of key areas, including sustainability, asset repositioning, energy efficiency, comparative market analysis, econometrics, property remediation, building retrofits, financing and public transportation. Individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies all benefit from the programs offered by the Institute.

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


For the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute:

Sara Hilska Taylor, Administrative Coordinator


For Baruch College:

Manny Romero, Director of Public Relations



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